SM Entertainment’s SHINee recently did an interview in the August Issue of Screen Magazine. They answered some questions and shared some insight on what it’s like to be an idol, who their idols are, and much more.
1. What do you think it means to be an idol during this generation?
Onew: There are many new things to learn and experience continuously.
Taemin: To be an idol in this generation, to be able to receive so much attention, I’m really thankful to everyone. I believe I should let everyone see the even more hard-working side of me.
Jonghyun: We received a lot of love and that we should continue to *idk*
Key: As we are able to show everyone our own personalities and unique SHINee, I am thankful to everyone.
Minho: Full of happiness. As an artist, I am able to learn a lot of new things.2. Who is your own idol?
Onew: BoA-sunbae. Sunbae’s voice and performance are the best. Everytime I see her strong stage prescence, it makes me want to practice even more.
Taemin: Right now I don’t have any model (role-model?), I just want to become a skilled and strong performer in the eyes of everyone.
Jonghyun: HOT-sunbaes! I know a lot about and really like all of their songs and albums.
Key: I have a lot, and was influenced by many. I was especially influenced by HOT, SES, BoA, and DBSK-sunbaenims.
Minho: DBSK, Super Junior-sunbaenims. I want to become a performer as strong as my sunbaes. If i could give perfect performances and work together with my sunbaes, then it would be complete happiness.
3. Of the members, what qualities of their’s/your’s makes you feel proud/better?
Onew: I am older than Taemin!
Taemin: My age.
Jonghyun: Onew, because I am younger than him.
Key: I’m honest/straightforward.
Minho: Key is our group’s parent.
4. If you come to here, then I would be happy; where is that place?
Onew: SHINee’s stages. Will you come with us?
Taemin: On TV ^^
Jonghyun: Come to the movie theater.
Key: SHINee’s world. Welcome to Key’s world.
Minho: Welcome to the front of SHINee’s stages.
5. Which movie character do you want to become?
Onew: August from August Rush
Taemin: Harry Potter! That way I can use magic ^^
Jonghyun: Gyun-woo from My Sassy Girl
Key: The Joker from The Dark Knight
Minho: Lee Byung Hun-sunbae’s character in My Bittersweet Life
6. What do you want to say to those that want to become a star?
Onew: Cheers! Their dream is really big
Taemin: If you work hard, then everything will be fine. Fighting!
Jonghyun: Don’t give up.
Key: My answer is the same as Jonghyun-hyung’s, don’t give up!
Minho: Mine would be, “If you don’t give up your hopes and dreams, then there would always be a good result/ending.”
7. During your trainee days, what words made you cry, and what words made you laugh?
Onew:I remember clearly the words that made me laugh: “Your voice is really good”, “When you practice, it’s really good to see you working so hard” and “When you greet people with a bow, you look really pretty/nice”.
Taemin: I laughed because of this sentence: “You will fulfill your dream”.
Jonghyun: In order to become an entertainer, I would quietly give myself confidence. I cried a lot, and laughed a lot.
Key: I laughed when my friends said, “You look more and more like an entertainer/artist now”.
Minho: Nothing really; I would compliment/praise myself regularly, but also criticize myself regularly too.
8. When do you feel an adrenaline rush?
Onew: When I’m on stage after a good performance and I hear the audience’s cheers and applause.
Taemin: When I watch horror movies?
Jonghyun: When I’m on stage and I hear the music start. When I hear the beginning of “Noona, You’re So Pretty”, I cannot use words to explain what I feel during that time.
Key: When I stand on stage as a part of SHINee.
Minho: When I give a really good performance on stage.
9. The day when you’re no longer on stage, what is your other dream?
Onew: I want to show everyone a never-before-seen side of me. I would like SHINee to become even more well-loved and to show everyone an even harder working side of us. Thank you.
Taemin: To travel around the world. To see and experience different cultures, and to do many things in order to gain more experience.
Jonghyun: I want to become a great lyricist/writer.
Key: To be able to stand on a huge stage and perform. Before reaching that level, it is just a dream. If I have a chance, I would like to try MCing, DJing, acting, and other kinds of entertainment.
Minho: When I was younger, I always wanted to become a soccer player. But now I want to show everyone an even better SHINee. But soccer players don’t know about/watch Minho’s performance.